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3:01 pm - 12/08/2012

Arashi's member annual income is only 20 million yen!

From movie to television to concerts, this year is a big success for Arashi. Their unprecedented nation wide dome tour mobilized 870,000 people. They ranked in the top 5 of CM income rankings.  From various activities, they contribute to about 20 billion yen to the economy.

Although there are some differences in annual income of each member, Arashi member is earning between 20 to 28 million yen (about US $242,000 to US $339,000) annually.  Or about 2 million yen (US $24,000) monthly.   That is basically it.  Even the lowest earning member of SMAP, Katori Shingo, earns more than the five of them combined.  Many showbiz people think this is not the hopes and dreams of Arashi (Advertising agency official).

For young men between 20 - 30 years of age, this kind of income is like a dream come true.  But Arashi members are top idols of the entertainment world.  From the list of richest celebrities that were published in 2005, the amount of tax paid, and annual income of these people were made public in the hundreds of million yen.  However, this treatment of Arashi is part of an "education" policy of Johnny's.

Not giving financial rewards to top entertainers is a dangerous act that could lead to the collapse of employer-employee relationship.  But Johnny's does not want Arashi to be "derailed" and "dropped" from being top idols.  For example, members of a certain music duo topped 2 million album sales and had received 200 million yen each in bonus money.  But their motivation had disappeared after they got handed the big check.  And now they almost disappear from the music world.  Johnny doesn't want the same thing to happen to Arashi.

Avex is a firm where the professional artists can rise above the office's policy.  Koda Kumi and Ayumi Hamasaki can say NO if the Office propose a plan that they don't like.  But it's absolutely impossible for Johnny's.  In Johnny's, the Office and the talent managers are above the talents.   Their popularity depends on the management system of the talent agency.   The "education" policy of Johnny's and the effort of Arashi members are what drive the steadfast popularity of Arashi.

Source: cyzowoman, johnnys-watcher translated by 4miu_miu
koichiko 9th-Dec-2012 12:13 am (UTC)
I'm not sure if this is true.
Or if it's maybe just partly true.

Remember the kind of cars they drive, the kind of brand-stuff Sho and Jun wear?
You can't pay that kind of stuff on 24.000 a month IF you remember that they live in central Tokyo and the princes around there are hysterical.

I'm guessing either JE pays for a whole lot of other stuff for them (rent, cars etc.) and the 24.000 are just spending-money, or maybe they have a different account set up for them etc.

Because the way they talk about it here, this could totally backfire: Who has the motivation to work so hard for that little if you sell millions of albums, have sold-out tours and are always on TV?
I mean, in my opinion, if they don't see any way of earning more money, why on earth would the continue working even harder?
Not to mention, aren't they kind of getting snubbed? Isn't JE and Johnny the one who gets their money in the end? That seems hardly fair!

Also, during the HnA episode with Toda Erika (one of the first Share House), Jun told her how much he had in his savings account and she looked extremely shocked by the high number. Also, it has been rumored that especially Sho, but also the rest of Arashi earn insanely high amounts for CMs etc.

I'm guessing they are talking only about stuff that involved JE here (concerts, CDs etc.) and not about movies, doramas, etc.
But still, total snub. Me in their shoes, I would sue off JE pants for earning them millions of yen.
niwiwin 9th-Dec-2012 12:21 am (UTC)
Glad to read that it probably isn't true, based on their lifestyle and bits from TV show.
Agree very much with you, it could backfire. Also Arashi earn insanely high amounts for CMs etc I don't know how true it is, but in the drama Legal High, they dealt with a popular child actress and she said (in passing though) that a CM gets her 20 million yen.
karasu_0 9th-Dec-2012 12:41 am (UTC)
during the HnA episode with Toda Erika (one of the first Share House),Jun told her how much he had in his savings account

that was Ueto Aya actually and it was the first Share House (M/N episode). X3

also +1 on the fact that they probably make enough money from CMs alone; they have at least 3-4 contracts each(Sho has 6!),not counting the group ones. pretty sure they "get by" well enough :p

Edited at 2012-12-09 12:42 am (UTC)
asweetsymphony 9th-Dec-2012 12:57 am (UTC)
Endorsers equals big money. I agree about the motivation part. As much as I love my job, I would probably be really bitter if they are only paying me half of what I deserve. Lmao.
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